Shakespeare in Action Presents:

Nona's malaika

by Katia Cafe-Febrissy

When: December 2021

A new filmed theatre play streaming directly to your classroom!

Produced by Shakespeare in Action, NONA’S MALAIKA is a new play written and directed by Katia Cafe-Febrissy. A digital theatre play about social media, mental health, and the struggle of a Black teenager wrestling with how to connect to her mother amidst a new pandemic.


The Story

NONA’S MALAIKA, is a futuristic comedy where the very opinionated smartphone and laptop of a 16-year old girl realize they are no longer the centre of attention of their owner, a teen struggling with her mental health.   

Written and Directed by: Katia Cafe-Febrissy


Max Amani

Malaika, voice of Latifa,


Max Amani

Malaika, voice of Latifa,


Max Amani (they/them) is a Dora Award winning Tkaronto based artist, dog parent and menstrual health activist. Max has an Honours Bachelor degree in Musical Theatre Performance and attended high school at Etobicoke School of the Arts! They has had the honour of combining their love of theatre and for children at Young People’s Theatre (You & I, One Things Leads to Another, Adventures of Pinocchio). They’re a passionate journal-er, novice tarot card reader and occasional insect collector. Max believes that the best way to meet like minded people, is to let your mind be known.

Amaka Umeh

Nona, Savannah, Voice of Ms. Whiet,


Amaka Umeh

Nona, Savannah,

Voice of Ms. Whiet, Majimbo

Amaka Umeh is a Tkaronto-based storyteller of Nigerian (Igbo & Ikwerre) origin. A graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance Program at the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts, her work has been generously recognized with a Dora Mavor Moore Award, a Toronto Theatre Critics’ Association Award, and two MyEntertainmentWorld Critics’ Pick Award nominations. Amaka also completed the Stratford Festival Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Factory Theatre Mechanicals and Toronto Fringe T.E.N.T. Programs.

Selected credits: Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Festival); Audiobook narration for Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi (ECW Press); 00 in The Wolves (Howland Company/Crow’s); Abigail in A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Spiker in James and the Giant Peach (Young People’s Theatre).

Micah Woods

Marco, voice of

Kenyatta and Kobe


Marco, voice of Hasbin


Micah Woods is an Afro-Canadian actor who wants to create a body of work that will inspire the next generation of young black artists.

Elsewhere: Lysander in Midsummer nights dream (Stratford Festival); Slightly in Peter Pan (Bad Hats Theatre); Joseph in Death and the kings horseman (Soulpepper). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, 2019 (Stratford Festival); Acting Conservatory, York University, 2018 (BFA); Online: Instagram: @micah.woods. Et cetera: Thank you to my family for their endless support.

Ordena Stephens-Thompson


Ordena Stephens-Thompson is a two time Dora nominated actress who’s selected theatre credits includes, Contraction (Studio 180 Reads), Sweat (Canstage/Studio 180), Fences (Grand Theatre), Harlem Duet (Tarragon THeatre), Risky Phil (YPT), Other Side of the Game (Cahoots/Obsidian Theatre), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf (Soulpepper Theatre), How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre). Selected television and film credits include, Brother (feature film), Ruby and the Well, Kings of Napa, Hudson & Rex, Salt n’ Pepa, Grand Army, Umbrella Academy, The Handmaid’s Tale, Designated Survivor, da kink in my hair. She expresses gratitude to be back in the theatre again.


Katia Café-Fébrissy

Director/ Writer


Director/ Writer

Katia Café-Fébrissy is an award-winning Writer, Director and Playwright, who tells stories on screen and on stage.

Her directorial credits range from cinema verite, experimental docs and docudrama to VR projects, corporate and institutional films to music video, episodic web series and plays.

Besides, Katia co-hosts the Directors Guild of Canada podcast and teaches directing skills in the Bachelor in Film & TV Program at Sheridan College.

She holds an M.A. in Literature and Languages from the Université of Paris VIII, France and also an M.A in Documentary Filmmaking from the Varan Doc Film Centre, France.

Jean-Christophe Foolchand


Jean-Christophe is an artist who specializes in kinetic art and videography. It is through the lens of his camera and through the imaginary world of his inventions, that he tries to spark the sense of wonder.

Marcelo Ovidio



Passionated, meticulous, versatile, and results-driven Senior Sound Designer offering 17+ years of experience in recording, editing, mixing, and mastering audio for broadcasts across multiple traditional and digital platforms. Recognized as a strategic problem solver who leverages advanced technical skills with an impressive ear for detail to identify and address any quality issues. Proven history of overseeing all aspects of the audio production lifecycle – from equipment operation and audio recording to final mastering and delivery. Confident communicator who builds strong working relationships and effectively collaborates with diverse stakeholders to achieve all project deadlines and objectives.

Giulia D'Amanzo








Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Giulia was exposed to theatre at a very young age, her love for live entertainment brought her to London, UK, where she studied drama. And then here in Toronto, where she had the honour of working as a Stage Manager with independent theatre companies like Seven Siblings and Good Old Neon. She recently graduated from the Theatre Technical Production Program at Humber College and she’s looking forward to continue her career in the theatre world not only in Stage Management, but as a technician as well.

Ashley Frederick

Production Designer

Ashley Frederick is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her work aims to intersect the energy, aliveness and immediacy of live theatre with the intimate technical possibilities of film. Specializations in theatre include Devising, Directing and Stage Management. Her most recent devised piece, a Zoom play titled “Alone, with you” premiered in March 2020 through Public Energy Performing Arts. She has stage managed for Theatre By The Bay, InspiraTO, and the Paprika Festival. Ashley has worked in film as a Production Designer, 1st AD and Director, creating shorts, music videos and commercials. In the past year she has worked with Entertainment One, Osmow’s, ImagineNation and Loveclosely. She resides in Tkaronto with a clingy cat and incredible partner.

Katherine Teed-Arthur

Projection Designer + Editor

Katherine Teed-Arthur (she/her) is a queer theatre artist specializing in projection design, playwriting and performance. As a performer, Katherine has appeared in classical, devised, and contemporary works. As a designer, she has worked on plays, experimental pieces, installations, and more. Her writing debut, Joan / Jehanne, premiered digitally at the 2021 Hamilton Fringe Festival with Friendly Bear Theatre Company. When she is not working, you can find her singing show tunes to her plants and playing with her cats, Thesis and Antithesis.

Chrysanthi Zora Michaelides

Costumer Designer &

SFX Makeup Designer/Artist

As a teenager Chrysanthi acted in a play she co-wrote, which toured across Canada. She studied Theatre at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC), The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (U.K.), Buffon with Philippe Gaulier and Theatre Columbus, Clown/Commedia dell’arte with Ida Carnevale, and Film/TV at Centennial College (Honours and Dean’s Award). She’s taught theatre, movement, sets, costumes, and mask in schools, Harbourfront Centre, and the AGO. As a child of war, Chrysanthi’s produced art and theatre with survivors of violence, sexual abuse, war, and other forms of trauma. Chrysanthi works in theatre/film/TV as an actor, writer, director, producer, production designer, and award-winning costume designer. 

Hannah MacMillan

Stage Manager




Hannah MacMillan is a stage manager for musicals, dance and theatre. She loves being able to bring theatre to young audiences. She also has a passion for great customers service and can often be found working Front of House. Recent credits include: Apprentice Stage Manager – Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre) Production Stage Manager – Matilda (Mainstage Theatre Company) Apprentice Stage Manager – Reprint (Musical Stage Company) Stage Manager – A Merry Munsch PJ Party (Solar Stage) Assistant Stage Manager – The Philosophers Wife (Paradigm Productions), Apprentice Stage Manager – The Wolves (Howland Company/Crows Theatre) Stage Manager – Dry Land (Cue 6) Stage Manager- PunkRock (Howland Company)


Andile Win


I am an actor, writer and director, born in Zimbabwe, and a proud graduate of Concordia University. Over the course of my career I’ve done my best to not only grow as an artist, but to bridge gaps and be part of the change in the creative landscape as a member of a marginalized group in the mass media. My goal is to do more work that reflects my abilities, and in the process improve the image of African creatives. Aside from pursuing my ambitions, I enjoy traveling and learning new skills such as languages and self-defence. I am grateful to be working with Shakespeare in Action this year, and look forward to brining this new project to life.

Hannah Camacho

Camera Op Mentee

Hi there! My name is Hannah, I am an Assistant Camera Mentee!

John Paul Trujillo



John Paul Trujillo



24 Year Old 1st Generation Canadian of Colombian Heritage. Went to Metalworks Institute for Live Event Concert Production and Seneca College for Film/TV Production. But my first love is always Audio in either Live Music or Film/TV.

Ataa Amoah-Bediako

Production and Projection Design

Mentee (Virtual)

Ataa Amoah-Bediako

Production and Projection

Design Mentee (Virtual)

Hi, my name is Ataa Amoah-Bediako, and I’m the assistant production designer. A little a bit about me is that I’m 16 and attend Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts. On me free time I read, watch shows, and bake. I’m really excited to part of this project and can’t wait to see what we are able to create together.

Daamin Kelly

Costume Design Mentee

I am senior from Weston CI. Im interested in photography, anime, sketching and reading fictional fantasy books. I am very nice, smart, somewhat confident and funny.

Issa Shah


& Volunteer

Demetrius Botyuk


& Volunteer


David di Giovanni


di Giovanni


Suchiththa Wickremesooriya

Producer / Mentee Manager

Tamara "Tammi" Freeman


Anastasiya "Pop" Popova

Production Manager

"Pop" Popova

Production Manager

 I am so excited to rejoin the land of live theatre and to be reunited with my long-time friends and colleagues at SIA.

I completed my education at York University in 2019.

For the last 6 years, my theatrical focus has been mainly on Stage Management. Although my Production Management experience is smaller, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and broaden my horizons. I hope that I will be able to continue working in theatre this year, nurturing my passion for live performance.


Made with the Generous Support of ACTRA Toronto